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Burnet County commissioners on Aug. 14 removed an emergency declaration from the county burn ban but left the ban in place. The ban prohibits outdoor burning. The disaster declaration, which prohibited outdoor cooking and welding, was made July 30 in response to the Park Road 4 fire. Courtesy photo by James Oakley

Burnet County burn ban continues; commissioners set proposed tax rate

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners voted during the Aug. 14 regular meeting to remove the emergency declaration from the county burn ban but leave one in place. (more…)

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams (left) toured the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s new Marble Falls District Office on Aug. 9 before speaking to PEC staff and board members. Next to him is PEC Director of Regional Operations Nathan Burns. Photo courtesy John Larsen, PEC photographer

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams visits PEC’s new Marble Falls office and briefly talks politics

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS MARBLE FALLS — U.S. Rep. Roger Williams stopped by the Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s new Marble Falls District Office on Aug. 9 as the congressman made the rounds in his District 25. (more…)

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The new Marble Falls District Office for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative. It is located at 4302 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls. Staff photo

PEC board to break in new Marble Falls office with meeting

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors will get down to business in the co-op’s new Marble Falls district office for its Aug. 20 meeting. PEC board meetings are usually held in the co-op’s Johnson City headquarters, but members will instead convene in the Marble Falls District Office, 4302 […]

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A wildfire forced the evacuation of Inks Lake State Park and nearby homes on CR 114 to Park Road 4 in Burnet County. Courtesy photo

Burnet County disaster declaration, burn ban remain due to wildfires, dry conditions

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County remains under a Declaration of Disaster and outdoor burn ban as hot, dry conditions continue after two major wildfires. (more…)

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Early voting for BCISD’s Tax Ratification Election starts Aug. 8

Early voting for BCISD’s Tax Ratification Election starts Aug. 8

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Burnet school district voters can have their say in whether to cut the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District’s overall tax rate by 2 cents as soon as Aug. 8 when early voting begins. (more…)

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Planned Park Road 4 work unaffected by recent wildfire; RR 2147 work almost done

Planned Park Road 4 work unaffected by recent wildfire; RR 2147 work almost done

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Days after a wildfire burned 557 acres near Inks Lake State Park in Burnet County, the Texas Department of Transportation announced a $2 million contract to resurface Park Road 4 from U.S. 281 to CR 116. (more…)

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New construction such as the Residences at Panther Hollow in Marble Falls (pictured here) is a driving factor in increased market values in Burnet County. The Burnet County Central Appraisal District sent certified property values to taxing jurisdictions that showed a double-digit increase in values for the entire county. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Total Burnet County property values spike 13 percent due to new construction

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Property values for all of Burnet County grew more than 16 percent to nearly $10 billion. Adjusted taxable values from 2017 to 2018 rose $582.45 million, or 13.1 percent. The adjusted taxable value is what cities, school districts, and special taxing districts use to set tax rates and budgets after […]

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Railroad officials tell commissioners long waits at crossings won’t happen again

Railroad officials tell commissioners long waits at crossings won’t happen again

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS BURNET — Burnet County commissioners received assurances from Austin Western Railroad and WATCO Companies representatives during a Commissioners Court meeting July 24 that long traffic delays at crossings won’t happen again. (more…)

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Beto O’Rourke in Horseshoe Bay for town hall Aug. 16 as he takes on Ted Cruz in Senate race

Beto O’Rourke in Horseshoe Bay for town hall Aug. 16 as he takes on Ted Cruz in Senate race

FROM STAFF REPORTS HORSESHOE BAY — Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for the U.S Senate seat in Texas, will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, Aug. 16. (more…)

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In 2017, the Burnet Middle School Interact Club brought the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation’s program ‘Start With Hello’ to the campus. The next year, the club added the ‘Say Something.’ Both programs were created to help end school violence by creating an inclusive environment and encouraging students to report harmful behaviors. Burnet Middle School teacher Sara Te, the Interact sponsor, testified before the Texas Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security on July 18 about how those programs have helped her school. File photo

Burnet teacher testifies before Texas Senate committee regarding school violence

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON AUSTIN — When Burnet Middle School teacher and Interact Club sponsor Sara Te set out a little more than two years ago to help students fit in on campus, she never thought it would lead to testifying before a Texas Senate committee. (more…)

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Commissioners appoint longtime law enforcement officer to replace late friend as constable

Commissioners appoint longtime law enforcement officer to replace late friend as constable

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — When Burnet County Commissioners Court appointed Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. John “Chip”  Leake as the Precinct 3 constable, they selected an officer with more than three decades of law enforcement experience as well as a friend of the man whose shoes he will fill. (more…)

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Austin Western Railroad representatives will be addressing the Burnet County Commissioners Court on July 24 to answer questions and offer possible solutions to unusually long wait times at railroad crossings. File photo

Railroad officials to offer remedy to extensive crossing waits in Burnet County

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Representatives of Austin Western Railroad will address the Burnet County Commissioners Court on July 24 regarding protocols they have enacted to avoid extensive wait times at crossings, which, in one case, resulted in a delayed emergency response to a heart attack victim. (more…)

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Burnet school district plan would lower property tax rate, raise $600,000 with voter OK

Burnet school district plan would lower property tax rate, raise $600,000 with voter OK

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — With the state of Texas eyeing as much as $2.7 million of Burnet Consolidated Independent School District’s local tax money over the next two years, district officials are asking voters to approve a move that would not only lower the school property tax rate but also create $600,000 the so-called […]

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Motorists along Burnet County roads, including 120, 121 (pictured here), and 123 and U.S. 281 north of Marble Falls have reported wait times of 30 minutes to an hour the first and second week of July as rail line crews stopped aggregate hauling train cars to make additional connections. Staff photo by Connie Swinney

Recent long wait times at railroad tracks an ‘anomaly,’ says company, as EMS blocked during Burnet County heart attack call

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY BURNET COUNTY — Ten minutes after her 911 call on July 10, a lone first responder arrived at the home of Mojo Cornelius’s ailing 79-year-old mother. “A paramedic came up in a personal vehicle and told us they were having trouble getting the ambulance there,” Cornelius said. “The train was blocking […]

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Volunteer-run Beto O’Rourke office opens in Burnet as rep challenges Ted Cruz for Senate

Volunteer-run Beto O’Rourke office opens in Burnet as rep challenges Ted Cruz for Senate

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Local supporters of Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will have a local office from which to work as the Burnet County Beto for Texas Grassroots headquarters holds its grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, on the Burnet County Courthouse square. (more…)

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An environmental group critical of a planned Sandy Creek dredging operation has offered development recommendations to government leaders and private companies in charge of decisions about granting permits. Photo courtesy of Collier Materials

Environmental group offers ‘good neighbor’ suggestions for mining operations

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY SUNRISE BEACH VILLAGE — Environmental groups and government entities have drafted resolutions and proposed stricter oversight on the burgeoning mining industry as planned dredging operations await word about permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. (more…)

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Buckle up. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers as well as other law enforcement agencies will be out in force July 3-4 to ensure safety on the roadways.

Texas DPS warns motorists to avoid bad behavior during July 4 holiday; troopers out in force

FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN — From drunken and distracted driving to seatbelt and speeding violations, bad behavior on the area’s roadways will be on the radar of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers July 3-4. (more…)

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What’s open and closed July 4? City offices, trash pickup, grocery stores, pharmacies

What’s open and closed July 4? City offices, trash pickup, grocery stores, pharmacies

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — While the federal government recognizes July 4 as one of five national holidays, not everyone will have the day off. In fact, at least one service in the Highland Lakes will operate as normal: trash pickup. (more…)

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Peace officers pay respects to longtime Burnet County constable with escort home; Ballard died July 2

Peace officers pay respects to longtime Burnet County constable with escort home; Ballard died July 2

  UPDATE: Jimmy Ballard’s memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at First Baptist Church, 901 La Ventana Drive in Marble Falls. Visitation will begin an hour earlier. After the service, he will be laid to rest at Pleasant Valley Cemetery east of Marble Falls in Burnet County.   STAFF WRITER CONNIE […]

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UPDATE: Burnet County joins other counties as well as Marble Falls in imposing burn ban

UPDATE: Burnet County joins other counties as well as Marble Falls in imposing burn ban

  UPDATE: As of noon July 2, Burnet County joined the list of counties imposing a ban on outdoor burning, officials said.   FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — As the summer dry spell and heat linger, several area counties and municipalities have imposed burn bans. The city of Marble Falls is under a burn […]

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative members elected Milton Rister (District 1), Paul Graf (District 6), and Amy Lea SJ Akers (Distrcit 7) to the cooperative’s board during the June 23 elections. Rister replaces Cristi Clements, who held the District 1 board seat for nine years. She chose not to seek re-election. PEC members re-elected incumbents Graf and Akers. Board members are elected for three-year terms. Courtesy photo

Rister, Graf, and Akers elected to PEC board of directors June 23

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members stuck with two incumbents and selected a new face for the cooperative’s board during the recent elections. (more…)

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The Burnet County Historical Commission worked to get historical markers for two iron bridges, including one in Joppa. The Texas State Historical Commission recognized the county organization’s hard work in 2017 with a Distinguished Service Award. This marks the seventh year in a row the county commission has earned the honor. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet County Historical Commission earns Distinguished Service Award for seventh straight year

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — When it comes to history, we think of the big events and the big places, the ones that had the largest impact on the country and the world. But history doesn’t just happen on the “big stage;” it happens all around us in our communities and counties. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative presented a $3,500 grant to Cottonwood Pride, a Cottonwood Shores organization, which will use the funds to help upgrade the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department’s training room. Pictured are Christine Widmer (left), Greg Widmer, Janet Taylor-Carusi, PEC Director of Community Engagement Trista Fugate, PEC Vice President of Safety and Support Services Richard Arellano, Rachelle Backer of PEC, Tommie Engler of PEC, and Tia Owens of PEC. Courtesy photo

PEC grant for $3,500 to fund upgrade to Cottonwood Shores VFD training room

COTTONWOOD SHORES — The Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department’s training room will get an upgrade thanks to a Pedernales Electric Cooperative grant. (more…)

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PEC's Marble Falls district office opens June 7 with more features

PEC’s Marble Falls district office opens June 7 with more features

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members will have plenty of reasons to celebrate the new Marble Falls District Office, including more drive-through payment lines and charging stations for electric vehicles. (more…)

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Burnet High School graduate Trey Foster (second from right) accepts a $15,750 scholarship from Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Lineman’s Rodeo Team. The graduate is headed to the Northwest Lineman College in Denton, where he’ll follow in the footsteps of late father, Anthony Foster, in becoming a lineman. Pictured with Foster are PEC Regional Operation Supervisor Ken Armstrong (left), PEC Technical Services Supervisor Eric Bitzko, PEC Safety and Technical Training Manager James Vasquez, and PEC Vice President of Operations Wayne McKee. Courtesy photo

PEC awards scholarship to Burnet graduate following in his late father’s footsteps as lineman

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — As Pedernales Electric Cooperative staff were preparing for a move to their new Marble Falls district office, they came across Anthony Foster’s lineman gear. (more…)

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Graffiti on the U.S. 281 bridge over Lake Marble Falls has joined a list of cleanup projects slated for June to be done by Texas Department of Transportation contractors. Courtesy photo

U.S. 281 bridge graffiti tagged for cleanup by TxDOT at estimated cost of $2,000

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY MARBLE FALLS — Texas Department of Transportation officials have targeted an eyesore on the U.S. 281 bridge over Lake Marble Falls for a cleanup project in June. (more…)

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